RADIOLOGY NEWS
Point-of-care ultrasound shows its merit
July 27, 2017 -- While conventional diagnostic ultrasound understandably offers higher sensitivity and specificity, point-of-care ultrasound can yield a valuable level of accuracy for low-resource settings, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 42: Sit down, shut up, read this
July 27, 2017 -- The interns start showing up in the radiology department, full of excitement and anticipation. But Ruchi gives the first one a harsh welcome in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
DBT does not boost BI-RADS 3 category use
July 26, 2017 -- Screening with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) doesn't increase the use of BI-RADS category 3 -- a designation that prompts intensive follow-up and tracking for up to two years and can provoke anxiety in patients, according to a study published online July 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
3D printing helps evaluate leaks after TAVR procedures
July 26, 2017 -- 3D-printed phantoms of aortic root anatomy offer a noninvasive way to assess the risk of a patient experiencing a leak after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to a study published in the July issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.  Discuss
Canadian head CT rule reduces unnecessary exams
July 26, 2017 -- Using the Canadian CT Head Rule to assess the need for imaging after trauma in community emergency departments reduces unnecessary exams by more than 5%, according to a study published online July 21 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.  Discuss
Study: CT screening would cut lung cancer deaths in China
July 25, 2017 -- Using a statistical model, Chinese researchers found that CT screening could reduce deaths from lung cancer in China by 24% compared with no screening, mostly by reducing deaths among smokers, according to a paper published July 14 in the Chinese Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
WhatsApp works well for pediatric ortho trauma
July 24, 2017 -- Researchers in Israel are finding new clinical uses for WhatsApp, the popular global text messaging platform. Reading images sent to smartphones via WhatsApp showed good agreement with the same images being read on a PACS workstation for pediatric orthopedic surgeons, according to a new study in Pediatric Emergency Care.  Discuss
Self-driving doctors? Auto industry offers model for AI use
July 24, 2017 -- Analogies can be drawn between the development of autonomous driving technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. In this column, Eran Rubens, chief technology officer for enterprise imaging at Philips Healthcare, believes that an auto industry model for classifying automation could be adapted to the practice of medicine.  Discuss
EMA confirms clampdown on linear gadolinium agents
July 21, 2017 -- It's official: After months of intense lobbying and wrangling, the use of some linear gadolinium contrast agents in MRI will be restricted, and others are to be pulled from the market, following confirmation on Friday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved recommendations made on 7 July by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee.  Discuss
Pediatric patient sedation on the rise at one ACO
July 21, 2017 -- A four-year survey of more than 18,000 MRI scans within the Partners for Kids accountable care organization (ACO) showed an increasing need to anesthetize pediatric patients undergoing MRI scans, according to results published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss